Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a Street Pastor? Here is you chance to go on an observation with a street pastor patrol. Training dates are throughout various dates in March and can be found on the flyers at the back of church. For more information call 02380 333387.
Saturday 25 January 3pm
There will be music by Purcell, Elgar, Vivaldi, and Handel. Proceeds from refreshments and a raffle will go to the charity Dentaid, who support improved dental care and oral health in the UK and overseas. Tickets are £7 on the door, £1 for under 18’s. See posters at the back of Church.
Can you spare and hour to read at the YMCA Townhill Nursery? ‘Help inspire the next generation to love books.’ Call Peter on 02382 145459 to find out more.
We spent 4 weeks waiting, watching and preparing to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus during Advent (while the secular world got on and celebrated!). We now spend all of January celebrating the birth, looking back to Christmas, until the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple as a 40 day old baby on 2 February. The crib remains in church during this time as a central focus. This season called Epiphany celebrates who this child is. Today we celebrate his baptism as an adult by John the Baptist, an event when God reveals that Jesus ‘is my Son, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased’.
Thinking ahead for the Christmas Tree Festival and potential opportunities for the craft stall, if you have not already recycled your Christmas cards and gift bags (e.g. bottle bags) please would you leave them at the back of Church for me to collect – many thanks, Helen Wiseman
Sunday 2 February 12 noon
Come and join us for a delicious brunch (eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, mushrooms, hash browns, tomatoes and beans, toast and marmalade, fruit juice and unlimited tea and coffee – vegetarian option available). £7 adult, £3 child, £16 family (2+2). Please sign up on the list at the back of church. All proceeds will go to support our charities, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) and Fine Cell Work.
The HOPE committee would like to thank everyone who supported their Charity Christmas Card this Christmas. The grand total of the monies raised was £324.04 it will be split in equal shares to our four charities Salvation Army, The Society of St James, Countess Mountbatten House and The Rainbow Trust. Thank you.
House Group run by Carol Kidd will start this Tuesday 14 January at 7.30pm at Mary Blake’s house. Please speak to Carol for more details.
Thank you to all our House Box holders this year. We have raised £450.14. Our small change makes a huge difference to children and young peoples every day. If you would like to become a house box holder please speak to Jan Barrett.
Our two Christingle services on Christmas Eve raised £675.26 for the Children’s Society. Thank You very much for your continued support.
Saturday 1 February 2020 10.00am – 2.00pm
Everyone is warmly invited to a vision morning in the church hall to reflect on our church life and think about our priorities moving forward.
This Vision Day is an important part of a process of reviewing and planning our life going forward as a community of faith. What does God want us to be; how are we being called in 2020 and beyond to obey Christ, share his Gospel story, and be of service, help and guidance to the wider community of Chartwell Green, Harefield and West End? We will be reflecting on and celebrating all that is good in our church life, discerning how God is calling us to move forward and beginning the process of preparing a Vision Plan.
Please let Vicky, Linda, Carol or the church wardens, Jan or Scott know if you are able to come. Hot drinks will be available from 9.45am. We will begin at 10am. Please bring a packed lunch.
We really hope you will be able to come and participate and offer your thoughts.
What do you think? The Church Council would like your view
We have a big church, but all the space is taken up with pews. There is so much seating that at Sunday services, weddings, funerals and baptisms even with a good-sized congregation the church can often feel empty which is a shame. The back of church often gets very congested between services and there isn’t enough room at the front for our Church Alive Bible study group or TAIZE services.
So, the PCC are considering removing 1 pew each side from the front of church and 3 pews each side from the back of church. This would create a really good size space at the back for circulating after services. It would create a less intimidating entrance for those who might be unsure about entering the church and would give more space for leaflets and information. A bigger welcome area would be useful for fayres and events and could be used for meetings and church groups if the hall isn’t free. Tables and chairs could be put out to create a little ‘café too. With less pews available the congregation would sit closer together which improves singing and makes the church feel fuller. For well attended services (Remembrance/Christingle) chairs from the hall could be set out. The pews could be put along the church walls for additional seating although a couple would likely need to be sold.
The PCC would love to know your views. Please tell us whether you support this or not. Please speak to Vicky, Linda, the church wardens or any PCC members by 20 January as the church council will be discussing this at their meeting the following day.
We have some great news! We have found a more affordable way to move forward with the project and the work will be divided into phases. The PCC have authorised the first phase to be carried out early in the new year. LED lamps will be fitted into the original high-level light fittings to improve the lighting in the church. Further phases will include additional lighting particularly in the chancel, a new AV system and high-level decoration of the church. Further fundraising will still be needed but the works are likely to cost less than half what we originally thought. Thank you so much to everyone for your continued support and fundraising efforts.